“We have have tried to negotiate with our landlords but have been unsuccessful in reaching an agreement with them," the tenants said in a Constant Contact note to customers. "Accordingly, without a new arrangement, the unfortunate results are the closure of a small business, the demise of an iconic restaurant and Redding landmark, and most importantly, the loss of 30 jobs.”
The restaurant has been in business for 30 years, according to the Constant Contact message.
Ted Stonebely, his wife, Colleen Cook, and her brother, Wirt Cook, took over as proprietors of the Roadhouse in July 2012.
The Stonebelys, formerly of Westport, live in Weston. Wirt’s wife, Karen, was also part of the group that took over management of the restaurant. “It’s getting a facelift and update,’’ Ted Stonebely told the Daily Voice in 2012.
The management supported the local economy by purchasing from area businesses and working with partnerships with Mark Twain Library, local schools and other civic organizations, they said.
The restaurant will be open at 4 p.m. every day for the rest of the week. There will be live music Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The note on Constant Contact also said remaining inventory will be donated to the Connecticut Food Bank and other pantries in the area.
The restaurant was popular with Redding residents, but also drew patrons from Bethel, Danbury, Ridgefield, Easton, Weston, Wilton, Norwalk and Westport. The restaurant’s Oktoberfest celebration drew wide support.
The announcement of the closure drew an outcry on Facebook from the restaurant's supporters.
"This is devastating. Glad I was able to eat there tonight and again on Saturday, but Redding will never be the same," one patron said. Read the comments on the Roadhouse Facebook page.
For now, however, the restaurant will be vacant after Saturday.
“Once again, we want to thank all our friends, neighbors, patrons and coworkers for their support and loyalty through these years,’’ the note from Constant Contact said.
Read the full note on Constant Contact online.
The Redding Roadhouse is located at 406 Redding Road, Route 53, near Hill Road. Call 203-938-3388 for more information.
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